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Faith Leaders Respond to Supreme Court’s Split Decision in United States v. Texas Case

June 23, 2016

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Contact: Kawana Lloyd, PICO National Network, 202-544-8411, ext.110 (office), 202-815-6908 (cell)

“We will never forget the lengths these politicians went to tear our families apart and demean our communities... As voters and as people of faith, we have a responsibility and duty to continue shaping the rules that affect our families and make things better for the next generation.”

Washington, DC In response to the split decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, today, that affirms the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals order to block the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) programs in 26 states, clergy leaders and faith organizers with the PICO National Network’s LA RED campaign, (formerly the Campaign for Citizenship), issued the following statement and words of support:

Today, we are frustrated that the Supreme Court issued a split decision in United States v. Texas, which at best delays much needed, temporary relief for immigrant families and at worst leaves us in limbo until a new Supreme Court Justice is appointed. The court’s ruling undermines our human dignity and ultimately promotes unjust deportation policies and the senseless separation of families. It is unacceptable that our families continue to live in fear of raids and deportation.

“The 4-4 decision illustrates what happens when politicians play games. The stakes in this case were extremely high for immigrants in our communities and congregations, especially in this atmosphere of dangerous, racialized politics and anti-immigrant sentiment. It compromises the future of an estimated 6.3 million U.S. citizens who live in the same household as a DAPA-eligible relative, including the 1.5 million of those relatives who are eligible voters.

"This battle is not over.  Faith leaders with LA RED plan to activate hundreds of thousands of those eligible voters. We will continue the fight to protect our families and have plans to demonstrate the same power that led us to secure President Obama’s executive orders by making our voices heard at the polls and by voting in record numbers. We will not stop until every member of our community can live in dignity, without fear of being separated from their families.

The Supreme Court had an opportunity to provide clarity and guidance for the nation. Instead, they have failed to provide this service to the American people. We will never forget the lengths these politicians went to tear our families apart and demean our communities. As voters and as people of faith, we have a responsibility and duty to continue shaping the rules that affect our families and make things better for the next generation.The only way we make things better for our families is by turning out in record numbers at the polls.

Our faith values, our future and our votes matter. Faith leaders with the PICO National Network and LA RED will resist the Supreme Court’s decision, and all hatred towards our families, within a new movement of faith voters that will choose love and faithful action in the voting booth. Together, we will continue to pray and organize to make sure millions of immigrant families—including U.S. citizen children—are treated with God-sized love as they live, work, and stay in this country they call home.

“We have the power to make sure our priorities become law and in November, we will be at the polls to elect pro-immigrant leaders at the state, local and federal levels. By the grace of God, the values of LA RED, Liberation, Action, Respect, Equity and Dignity, along with God’s righteous justice, will prevail.”

To connect to a faith leader at a PICO federation, please contact Kawana Lloyd, PICO National Network, 202-815-6908.

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La Red, formerly the Campaign for Citizenship, is a project of PICO National Network, and represents immigrant families and people of faith who are working together to win citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans who are our family members, friends and neighbors. We believe that providing immigrants with a path to citizenship is consistent with American history and religious values of freedom, fairness and family. We are a community that celebrates the pluralistic nature of our country and practice welcoming the newcomer and protecting the marginalized. We view people as children of God who should be included as full-fledged members of our society, not excluded as a permanent underclass.

LA RED FEDERATIONS (in order by state)

Neighborhood Ministries (AZ); Faith in Florida (FL); Faith in New York;  Faith in Texas; Indianapolis Congregation Action Network, IndyCAN (IN); ISAIAH (MN),Comunidades en Accion y de Fe, CAFe (NM);  and PICO California and its  federations,  including: Faith in Action (Bay Area); Faith in the Valley; Sacramento Area Congregations Together (Sact ACT); San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP); Together Colorado; TRUE NORTH

PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 45 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at www.piconetwork.org.